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Christmas is right around the corner.  It is time to start thinking about teacher’s gifts.  I know, I know…it feels like your kids just started.  Annelise from Annie Wilcox Designs came up with this adorable School Supply Cake as a way to thank…


the special people who teach her children.  Take it away Annelise!

Thank you so much Beckie for this wonderful opportunity share a fun and creative way to change up your holiday teacher gifts.  As a mom of four under the age of seven, all of whom are in school in some capacity or another, coming up with teacher gifts can seem like a daunting task. 

I came up with an idea to do a holiday inspired school supply cake.   All you need are some basic school supplies and some holiday decorations.

As you can see from the picture, I have been assured that teachers love EXPO markers, staples, Purell and crayons.  I also threw in some glue, pencils, and composition notebooks for added color. The object of this school supply cake is to look like a cake you might see in a bakery window, all dressed up to sell. 

Now this is the fun stuff for me…the pretties of the present. Okay now to get started you need

1.  An exacto knife

2.  Foam Core Board

3.  A cutting mat or something that won’t damage your work surface

4.  A ruler to guide you in cutting


Take all of your objects and try to stack them on one another to build in tiers.  Basically make a mock cake before you build permanently. Take your foam core and measure your bases for the tiers.  Mine is three tiers high. Cut the foam core with an Exacto knife using your ruler as a guide.  These will keep everything steady and sturdy.

I used a box for my top layer because I could load it full of goodies.

If you are wondering how to secure it…my little trick is a little dab of hot glue. I simply glued the crayon boxes down to the foam core board and rested another foam core piece on top of them.

Can you see it coming together?  Now for the fun stuff…after you have built your tower you can add:

1.  Some ribbon

2.  Some ornaments

3.  Some gift tags

I went for all three and used a gift card holder to add that extra "cup of coffee" card to it. Simply wrap the layers with ribbon and tie it tight! Then wrap the ribbon length wise from the bottom up!

Just decorate away and don’t worry about bows, they look good with knots and use wire ribbon to help add depth to the present. 

Here’s the final result and for under 20 dollars….I think it is pretty darn cute, but I am sure I am biased. I hope you have fun with it!  Happy Holiday Planning!

Annielise blogs at Annie Wilcox Design. She has a part time business as a paint color consultant, cooks some mean pumpkin cookies has a love affair with flatware.

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  1. LOVE this idea! I always want to do something different for the teachers, and this is PERFECT!

  2. Excellent idea! So many teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for their classrooms. I'm sure a gift like this would be appreciated, and it's packaged in such a cute way, too!

  3. Coffee cards and school supplies…a teacher's perfect gift for sure! Love, love, love that it doesn't include a mug too! 🙂

  4. My kids' preschool asks for reams of holiday colored paper as well as just white. That might make a good base as well (but might bring the total up over $20).

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